Having previously held a belief that his stint on America’s Got Talent would end up as a ‘one-season wonder’, satellite radio presenter Howard Stern has announced on his personal show that he is now contracted to a second season on the NBC talent contest.
The presenter, who judged alongside Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel on the 3-person panel last this year, previously claimed that he didn’t know if he would make a return to the series, but his announcement on the Sirius XM series The Howard Stern Show was later confirmed by NBC ‘president of alternative & late night programming’ Paul Telegdy.
Telegdy said of the developments: “Howard Stern’s towering presence and opinions on last season’s show as a new judge made a dramatic impact and added a sharper edge to the fascinating developments on stage. We know that Howard believes in America’s Got Talent – which remains America’s top-rated summer series – and that dedication comes across in a genuine way to our viewers who share his passion about our amazing talent competition.”
Stern stated on his show: “I’m very, very excited, honestly, about going back to America’s Got Talent. I’m very excited to be working again with Simon Cowell and NBC and all the various folks who work there.”
With both Howard Stern and Howie Mandel confirmed for season 8, this leaves only one seat left on the panel to fill ahead of the auditions (which will again be presented by Nick Cannon, who was confirmed as returning last week), after long-running English judge Sharon Osbourne left in protest at NBC over claims of discrimination against her son Jack, who was fired from reality TV project Stars Earn Stripes based on his medical record.
While rumoured suitors for the ‘female judge’ position include singer Carly Simon, TV personality Carmen Electra, singer LeAnn Rimes, and actress Shannen Doherty, the familiar storyline of finding a new face to sit between the two Howards will continue for a little while longer…